Fears…a Limerick

 

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Bridge, traffic, cars falling
Deep dark water calling
Narrow road comes to an end
Reach the edge where we’re left to fend
Heart pounds from a dream so appalling…

In response to Mind and Life Matters Limerick Poetry Challenge Fears.

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53 responses

  1. That’s a great one, Dee, and a frightening one.

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  2. VictoryInTrouble | Reply

    great job! I had a dream a bit ago where I drove off a bridge with my sister in the car with me but I was strangely calm about the whole thing, lol. Not sure what that was about! 😛

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    1. Yikes, Vic! This has always been my phobia and I have no idea why…

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      1. VictoryInTrouble

        Cause it’s scary as hell!! lol. I have lots of dreams where the road is absolutely horrendous- craters and sink holes, impossibly steep and winding, etc. I hate those dreams…

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      2. Haha, maybe that’s the deep meaning I’ve been trying to figure out, because it’s scary as hell!!

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  3. I drove in a snowstorm once on my way to Las Vegas and I was in Colorado and has crossed a bridge near a reservoir that was frozen over. There were no other cars on this stretch of road. I was driving 10 mph because it was so icy…
    …and in my mind, I kept seeing my car spin off that road into the frozen waters below. Terrifying for sure.

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    1. That is my biggest phobia, and I’m not sure why. That would scare me to death driving a bridge like that!

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      1. Fear is not the most rational feeling we have, I think…lol…

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  4. Reminds me of real life event from years ago when the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Tampa to Bradenton was hit by an oil tanker and collapsed. Scary thought, indeed.

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    1. Oh, gee, that would be my nightmare come true!

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      1. Pretty harrowing story. It was during the morning rush. Foggy too, as a thunderstorm had just passed through before dawn. The eerie part was after the fact. They were two separate spans, the southbound span being the one that fell. They diverted traffic both directions to the northbound span while the new bridge was being built. The part of the southbound span still standing was parallel until you got to the top. Then it was just gone. Made it all too real to see it in that state.

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      2. Oh, Lord, that would be awful. My one dislike about the Outer Banks, the bridges *shudder*

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      3. I don’t mind them generally, but crossing a big span, especially in poor weather, does make me a bit on edge.

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  5. Diane, I’ve had this fear ever since news anchor Jessica Savitch died that way, driving off a bridge into a river and drowning. What a chilling poem. Great job with this one. Brrr…….

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      1. I know it’s horrible

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  6. Ahhh! Bridges are scary, and so is the thought of falling to water below. I once ran the bridge from Michigan to Canada. There were big gaps on either side between the asphalt and the steel. It sure looked big enough to fall through! I ran down the middle! I couldn’t even look over the edge.

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    1. Omg, I don’t think I could. You are very brave, Kay!

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      1. It was either that or don’t finish! We had to run the tunnel that runs under the water on the way back, and it had dripping walls….lol.

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      2. Oh, even worse, I hate the tunnels. Have been through ones by Norfolk a lot and they can give me white knuckles if traffic is slow!

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  7. I hate such dreams. Terrifying!

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  8. Scary! I have horrific car-related disastrous dreams sometimes, too.

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  9. There’s no logic to phobias… Scary!

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    1. True. I dislike snakes, but have never once had a nightmare about them. So don’t know where the bridge thing comes from…

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  10. A vivid portrayal of your phobia. Very well-written!

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  11. So good! Feel it in the bones

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  12. What a big poem. I can see why this nightmare might come to you right now: you are in a scary place. I was thrilled when I learned about lucid dreaming. At times, I’ve done it: intervened in my own dream and saved the situation, e.g. stop the car, bring the rescue team on to the scene, or simply (?) fly myself to safety. But I’ve found this works just as well: to shut my eyes and pretend I am lucid dreaming, to consciously relive the dream with a triumphant ending. Sorry, you know all this! I’m always trying to teach my grasndmother to suck eggs, so to speak.

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    1. No, those are good ideas. I used to dream this dream and the road would go under water. I never could change the ending…

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  13. Nice one, sometimes those dreams are scary!

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  14. I get. Rush going over a bridge until I actually realize I’m over water and then, oh boy lol. Great limerick, D! Hope you’re feeling better ❤️

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  15. Quite a chilling limerick! Wonderfully done as always… 🙂

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  16. Chilling, I dream of falling, that dream where you jump awake before you impact. I can sympathise with the spiked adrenaline you feel when if your nightmare includes plummeting off a bridge!

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    1. I used to dream it a lot and have always wondered what it meant! And they feel so real it’s scary!

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  17. Wow, this is almost like you described a dream I had of falling into the water from a bridge! That was scary!

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    1. It’s a recurring dream I have and I always try to change the ending but it never works!

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      1. You know what? I read somewhere that dreaming about falling into water is good, don’t know why thoughts! 🙂

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  18. The Limerick was clever but the Fear part was so achingly real! Yikes, Dee.

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  19. Oh Diane, you’ve just described a recurring dream of mine. I’m always falling, out of control in my car, going down steep mountains, bridges, you name it …
    Beautifully written I might add.

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    1. Thanks, miri. It is my biggest fear, water and heights.

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      1. Ooh, I’m not too far behind you!

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  20. Oh. My. Gosh! I have such an awful fear of bridges and unfortunately reside in Pittsburgh also known as “the city of bridges.” It’s sort of comforting to know there are other out here who feel the same way but I honestly wouldn’t wish this anxiety on my worst enemy.

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    1. I am better than I was, but I still dislike the longer bridges. I doubt I could drive somewhere like the Florida Keys.

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      1. Oh yeah Florida is definitely out of the question for me. How about the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel have you done that? This is on my list of no-goes. My brother tricked me into going on The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland to Ocean City and I swear I almost died. Never again.

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      2. Never. My sis lives in Virginia Beach and I’m not crazy about the shorter tunnel/bridges, but I couldn’t do that long one.

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      3. I won’t go to Virginia Beach for that reason alone. I was told there is no way around it but I think the real reason is an alternative route would be hours out of the way but honestly to avoid that 22 mile long bridge/tunnel I’d enjoy a longer drive. It does amaze me though that there are such long bridges in existence. There’s a real high bridge in WV called the New River Gorge Bridge that I’d love to see but there’s no way on earth I could go it. Its

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      4. I was told there wasn’t a way to avoid it but I think it’s more a matter of the distance it would take to go around it. It really is an amazing bridge but there’s no way I’d survive a ride on it. I found a couple of YouTube videos of people driving on/through it and I nearly broke out in hives. There’s a very high bridge in WV called the New River Gorge Bridge that I’d love to see but know I couldn’t go on that one either. Once a year people come from all over to base jump off it.

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